Barcelona head into the January window set to keep the purse strings tightly shut. That's because, although the plan is to try to strengthen at right-back, the transfer coffers at the Camp Nou are decidedly bare.
The reassuring message coming out of Barça is that "making a [financial] effort is always possible". However, it's understood that the word behind closed doors at the Catalan outfit is that there is no money to spend on signings.
Barcelona after Srna - if they can get him on a free
So with Barça keen to bring in veteran full-back Darijo Srna from Shakhtar Donetsk, they need the ex-Croatia captain, who is under contract until June 2017, to help persuade the Ukrainians to let him leave for free this winter.
Barcelona's only means of boosting their transfer kitty is to sell players not in coach Luis Enrique's plans, with outcast Aleix Vidal - who has made just four first-team appearances this season - the only real candidate.
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